Moravian Church in North America

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Moravian Church in North America
North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Moravian Magazine, January/February 2016

On the cover: Crunching footprints in the snow mark the trail of earlier passersby. Photo by Mike Riess

Studying the Ground of the Unity

092015spiritualformationEditor’s Note: When you ask Moravians, “what does it mean to be part of the Moravian faith?,” you’ll likely get many different answers about what our church is and what we believe. While the Moravian Church is known (and respected) for not being overly doctrinal or adhering to strict dogma or rules—thus the many ideas […]


God’s word in my email

As you probably know, compiling and publishing the North American Moravian Daily Texts represents a major part of the work of the Interprovincial Board of Communication. Every year, we translate Bible verses from German to English, assign writers to select hymns and write prayers, compile all of their great work into a book, then ship […]


New Hus documentary in production

2015husttourdayoneComenius Foundation and the Interprovincial Board of Communications are developing a high-quality documentary about John Hus. Titled Apostle of Truth, the documentary will tell the factual story of Hus in an interesting manner accessible to average viewers. The program will be broken into three segments, about 20 minutes each, to allow easy use in adult […]


On urban mission, Moravian youth immerse themselves among Chicago’s neediest

022015chicago1When Moravians think of “mission,” we typically envision working in different countries and strange cultures. But for a group of 14 Moravians, their mission took them not across the ocean but to the “distant” streets of Chicago, Illinois. In late December the team of young people and adults met in the Windy City and dedicated […]


New fiction invites readers into the life of a Moravian pastor

Print“Jaime, there will be time for that later.” So begins Andrew Taylor-Troutman’s first work of fiction, Earning Innocence. From that very first line of the novel, the reader is warmly invited into the life of Moravian pastor Rev. James Wheeler, his wife Bonnie, and their sons Nathaniel and Philip. The story is set in fictional […]


Rev. John D. Rights to receive Hus Award from Moravian Theological Seminary

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMoravian Theological Seminary congratulates Rev. John D. Rights ‘85 (M.Div.) as the recipient of the 2016 John Hus Alumni Award. Initiated in 1974, the John Hus Alumni Award gives special recognition to a graduate, who, through outstanding service & loyalty to ministry, has brought distinction to the work of the ministry and to Moravian Theological […]


Mystery and history meet face to face in The Body in the Vat: Tales from the Tannery

bodyvat feat imageA letter from a young soldier in the Union Army to his wife, and a locket, pocket watch and some coins become the keys to a mystery locked inside the foreboding stone walls of the old Bethlehem Tannery for over 150 years. When we decided to write our book, Charlene Donchez Mowers and I had […]


New mission book guides Moravians toward living in Common Unity

022016commonunityfinalcover feat imageWhen the Interprovincial Women’s Board of the Moravian Church sought a writer for their annual mission study guide, they selected Justin Rabbach, director of mission engagement for the Board of World Mission. And when they looked for assistance editing and producing the guide, they contracted with the Interprovincial Board of Communication. The partnership resulted in […]


Obituaries: Henkelman, Cottom, van Orden

Mrs. Martha Henkelman Sister Martha (Roth) Henkelman died at Nanaimo Regional District, British Columbia, October 29, 2015 at the age of. She was born January 14, 1919 at Marlin, Wash., a daughter of Adam and Lydia (Miller) Roth. Sister Henkelman attended schools in Marlin, Wash., and Western Baptist Theological Seminary, Portland, Ore. She was united […]


Moravian History and Music Conference set for October

022016Oldbethlehem from NYPLThe fifth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music will take place Oct. 27-29, 2016, on the campus of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Scholars, musicians, historians and Moravian enthusiasts will convene in Bethlehem to explore the latest research on a wide range of Moravian topics. The weekend will be filled with events for […]


Illustrating Healthier Congregations

022016stewardshipIn the September 2015 issue of the Moravian Magazine, we highlighted the Northern Province’s Healthy Congregations Task Force. In this issue, we continue to share examples and ideas of how putting the “Seven Characteristics of Healthy Congregations” to work have enhanced the mission and ministry of local churches, while providing illustrations of each of the […]


Moravian traditions in a non-traditional setting

022016comeworship1Right after Christmas, we received a new perspective on Christmas Eve services from Michele Sevacko, who attends Come & Worship, an emerging ministry in Winston-Salem, N.C. “What is Moravian?” is a question I asked my friend, when she suggested that we try out a new “church” that met in a coffee house in the Arts District in […]


Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, August 18 — Psalm 101
Judges 1:17–2:23; Luke 18:18–30

Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord. Joshua 24:16

Keep your roots deep in Christ Jesus, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. And be filled with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:7 (GNT)

Father, as we learn more about your marvelous works in our daily lives, we grow in deeper relationship with you. We are grateful you give us many opportunities to grow closer to you every day. Amen.

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